The Ontario Lotto 49

The Ontario 49 Lottery is a regional, or provincial, lottery held in the Canadian province of Ontario. The Ontario 49 lottery is operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and is drawn on every Wednesday and Saturday of the week. In addition to the Ontario 49 lottery, the OLG is responsible for a number of other lotteries. The major lotteries offered for sale, by the OLG, are sold through a network of more than ten thousand retail outlets in the province of Ontario, Canada.

A couple of these lotteries are Canadian National, like the Lotto 6/49, and can be purchased as an upgrade to the Ontario 49. The OLG is also responsible for scratch-off tickets, sports betting, slots, and 27 gaming sites. Because of the fact that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is responsible for this kind of gaming activity, the government agency is a great benefit to the Ontario, Canada job market, employing more than 18,000 people.

How to Play the Ontario 49 Lottery

In order to play the Ontario 49 Lottery you must follow these steps:

  1. Select the game that you want to play out of the options Ontario 49, Lotto 6/49, or both.
  2. Either select 6 numbers from 1 through 49 or have the numbers randomly generated for you, Insta Pick. You can also play up to 10 lines on a single ticket and even more if you choose to buy a combination ticket.
  3. Finally it is time to pay for all the selections and tickets you have selected.

It is currently not possible to play the Ontario 49 Lotto from outside of the state. Check out TheLotter, where you can play international lotto online, without regard to your contry of residence. TheLotter also offer online ticket services for the biggest Canadian lotto, the 6/49 lottery. 

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OLG offers interesting "Combination" bets. They are:

Combination Name

Numbers Selected

Total Number of Combinations

How the Combination Works

5 Number Combination Play

5 numbers

44 combinations

The 5 numbers that you select, from 1 through 49, are made up in to different jackpot number combinations. The 44 numbers that you did not select are all used as your bonus number.

7 Number Combination

7 numbers

7 combinations

The 7 numbers that you selected, for this combination, are wheeled in to 7 combinations of 5 jackpot numbers and 1 bonus number.

8 Number Combination

8 numbers

28 combinations

All 8 numbers selected can be made in to 28 unique sets of 6 numbers. These sets of 6 will be 1 bonus number and 5 jackpot numbers.

9 Number Combination

9 numbers

84 combinations

The 9 numbers that you selected can be combined in to 84 different combination sets of 6 numbers, 5 jackpot numbers and 1 bonus number.

The combination bets are a great idea and a lot of fun to play but you should keep an eye on the cost of the tickets you are buying because a 9 number combination has 84 lines making your ticket a whole lot more expensive.

Odds on Winning the Ontario 49 Lottery

These are the odds and payouts of the Ontario 49 Lottery:

Prize

What it Takes to Win the Ontario 49 Lottery

Odds of Winning on a Single $1 Line

The Main Jackpot is a Fixed Amount of $1,000,000.

You must have all of the 6 jackpot numbers, commonly called 6 out of 6.

13,983,816 to 1

$50,000.

You must match 5 of the jackpot numbers and the bonus number. This is also known as 5 of 6 + bonus.

2,330,636 to 1

$500.

You must match 5 of the 6 jackpot numbers on a single line (5 of 6).

55,492 to 1

$50.

You must match 4 of the 6 jackpot numbers using only a single line (4 of 6).

1,033 to 1

$5.

You must match 3 of 6 jackpot numbers per line (3 of 6).

56.7 to 1

Chances of winning any prize at all.

Odds of winning any prize at all.

54 to 1

As you can see, a good case could be made that matching 5 jackpot numbers would win you the $500 prize as well as the prizes of 3 and 4 jackpot numbers. However, it is clearly stated in the OLG's rules, for the Ontario 49 lottery, that a holder of a winning ticket is only allowed to win 1 prize with it.

The Advantages of Playing the Ontario 49 Lottery

Although the Ontario 49 Lottery was designed for residents of Ontario, Canada to play, the OLG will allow citizens from other parts of Canada, as well as other countries, to buy and to be paid on the Ontario 49 Lottery. Do not wait too long to cash in your Ontario 49 winning tickets because all lottery tickets expire 12 months after you purchased them.

OLG's Ontario 49 lottery is a lot of fun to play, especially with their combination plays. They also make it very easy to upgrade your tickets so that the numbers you selected can be used to also play other lotteries, such as Lotto 6/49. Another advantage of playing the Ontario 49 lottery, or any of the other OLG games, is that a whole lot of money is paid out to winning tickets every year. During the 2010/2011 fiscal year of OLG there was $1.78 Billion paid out in jackpots and prizes.